George J. Elvey in Windsor - mid 19th Century

from Life and Reminiscences of Sir George J. Elvey, page 143:

Once, when conducting a rehearsal of the "Messiah," one of the lady principals finished her solo with an elaborate cadenza. Sir George waited until the end, and then said, " What's that? Don't you think that if Handel had wanted that he would have written it ?" " Oh ! we always do it in London," replied the lady. " Never mind,' he answered," here Handel shall have it in his way, so please sing it as it is written."

cite as

Lady Mary Elvey, Life and Reminiscences of Sir George J. Elvey (London, 1894), p. 143. accessed: 25 February, 2024

location of experience: Windsor


George J. Elvey
Organist, Composer

Listening to

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written by George Frideric Handel
performed by female singer

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by Gill on Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:54:32 +0100
Approved on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:16:08 +0100